Customs implements faster trade facilitation

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By GERRY LEE GORIT, Correspondent
November 21, 2020

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CAGAYAN de Oro City--A tribute to employees and stakeholders took center stage at the celebration of the Bureau of Customs Port of Cagayan de Oro’s 70th Founding Anniversary.

The three part activity started with the blessing of the Customer Care Center and unveiling of the 70th anniversary marker placed outside the Bureau of Customs building.

It was followed by the awarding of Certificate of Commendation to 73 stakeholders which contributed to the success of the Bureau in terms of revenue generation, trade facilitation, anti-smuggling campaign and re-exportation of the South Korean and Hongkong trash.

In his speech District Collector John Simon acknowledges the role of the following stakeholders as partners in helping achieve the Bureau’s Vision of being a truly modernized and credible Customs Administration that is among the world’s best.

He also boasted the exemplary performance of the Cagayan de Oro District in terms of revenue collection which already amounted to 25.7 Billion Pesos already close to this year’s target which is at 25.8 Billion Pesos.

Congressman Frederick Siao, Representative of the Lone District of Iligan City in his keynote speech congratulated the Bureau of Customs in its successful re-exportation of more than 7,000 metric tons of South Korean waste despite the pandemic.

Siao is one of the few representatives from Northern Mindanao who brought the issue of South Korean trash to the House of Representatives.

EASE OF DOING BUSINESS

In a bid to streamline the procedures of the port community in Northern Mindanao the Bureau of Customs District Collection X also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between stakeholders in the region, said Oliver Valiente (left), chief of the Customs Intelligence.

Valiente said the signatories were Mindanao International Container Terminal Services Inc., Golden Sun Cargo Examination Services Corp., Chamber of Customs Brokers Inc., Customs Brokers Representatives Association, SITC Container Lines Phils, CMA-CGM Philippines Inc., Sealand – A Maersk Company Asia, Solart Shipping Agencies Corp. and Evergreen Shipping Agency Phils. Corp.

He said the memorandum aims to clearly set forth the facilitation of the movements of cargo especially on the transfer of containers subject to examination from the Mindanao Container Terminal yard to the Customs Clearance Area – Designated Examination Area (CCA-DEA).

It will also outline the responsibilities of each signing parties to guarantee smooth operation and at the same time to safeguard the interest of both the port operator and the government.

CONTAINER VAN DONATIONS

As part of its social responsibility the Bureau of Customs also donated 7 container vans to various agencies namely House of Representatives Cong. Frederick Siao, Tagoloan LGU, PDEA, PNP, BFP Piemo and 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, said Elizabeth de las Llagas (4th from right), deputy district collector for operations.

Together with the representatives of these agencies the top officials of the Bureau of Customs Collection District X signed the Deed of Donation inside the Security Warehouse in Brgy. Tablon in Cagayan de Oro.

de las Llagas sid the 20-foot container van estimated to cost around 100,000 pesos is ideal to be used as offices and isolation units which is a great help in the government's continued fight against COVID-19.

EMPLOYEE TRIBUTE

Nasrudin Guro, Iligan sub-port collector said the last part of the celebration of the Founding Anniversary was the awarding of certificate and pinning of PGS badge to more than 100 employees of the Bureau of Customs from Port of Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao Container Terminal, Port of Iligan and Port of Ozamiz.

Collector John Simon in his speech said that aside from stakeholders the hardworking personnel should also be commended for its continued effort for the success of the Bureau that despite the pandemic they continued to work as frontliners to generate revenue for government coffers.

“Year 2020 is a very challenging year for us but we have been triumphant so we have to be proud,” said Collector John Simon.


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